The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Jul, 1873

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BLOWING. - This is the nautical term used when the water is forced up through the seams and the bilges by the rolling of the vessel, the bilge water flying from side to side through the ceiling,* injuring the goods, notwithstanding they are properly dunnaged. Serious losses have happened to goods by "blowing," and it is yet to be determined upon whom such losses should fall. If, however, it has been occasioned by the neglect of the master or owners to have lath or strips of boards nailed over the seams, or the bilges caulked up, which ought always to be done, the loss would probably fall upon the ship-owner. Blowing occurs most frequently in vessels with flat floors and round bilges.

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*ceiling - inside hull "lining"
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10 Jul, 1873
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Jul, 1873